If we learned anything from John Oliver‘s super-secret one-on-one interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which aired Sunday on HBO’s Last Week Tonight, it’s that A) Few Americans probably know who is, and B) The spy agency does not have a department solely dedicated to collecting photos of your junk.
Oliver traveled to Russia to secure the interview with Snowden, who is sought by U.S. authorities for leaking thousands of NSA documents, and though there were plenty of laughs (truck nuts!) the host made sure to grill the asylum-seeker about the seriousness of his situation.
For one thing, Oliver asked Snowden if he had read all the classified docs that he leaked to the media. He said he had “evaluated” all of them — to which Oliver brought up the release of information that revealed the names of U.S. spies. “That’s a fu–up,” Oliver concluded. “You have to own that… You’re giving documents which you know could be harmful, and you know could get out there.”
Snowden responded, “You will never be completely free from risk if you’re free… The only time you can be free from risk is when you’re in prison.”
Before meeting Snowden in Russia, Last Week Tonight took to the streets of Times Square in New York City to illustrate how many Americans seem oblivious to what he did. While the interviewees failed to know who Snowden was — many seemed to mix him up with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — the concept of the government ogling their private photos caused plenty of reactions. “This is the most visible line in the sand for people,” Oliver said. “Can they see my d–k?”
Snowden said “the good news is there’s no program named ‘The D–k Pic Program'” in the surveillance community, but that “the bad news is that they are still collecting everyone’s information, including your d–k pics.”
The interview also gave Snowden a chance to say he misses his home country and his family… as well as microwavable food pouches. “Yes, I miss hot pockets very much,” he said.
In other Snowden news, this happened in Brooklyn:
— Mashable (@mashable) April 6, 2015